Reference : Het janushoofd van Julia (1885)
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Het janushoofd van Julia (1885)
Steyaert, Kris mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des langues et littératures modernes > Littérature néerlandaise >]
Nederlandse Letterkunde
Van Gorcum
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The Netherlands
[en] In 1884 Willem Kloos and Albert Verwey started work on Julia, a collection of forty poems written in the manner of the successful author Fiore della Neve (M.G.L. van Loghem). In their pamphlet The Incompetence of the Dutch Literary Critics (1886), in which Julia’s true authorship was revealed, Kloos and Verwey made plain that the poems had been conceived as deliberate nonsense, something the Dutch literary establishment had failed to recognize. Nevertheless, a close reading of the collection brings to light a number of textual similarities with Kloos’s and Verwey’s serious poetry written in the period 1883-1885. This article reveals Julia as a fascinating hybrid in which an older aesthetic coexists with a new poetical language associated with the Eighties Movement.

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